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Brannon Braga
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Brannon Braga

Birth name: Brannon Braga
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 14 August 1965
Place of birth: Bozeman, Montana, USA
Awards for Trek: 1 Emmy nomination
Roles: Writer, producer
(TNG, VOY, ENT, 2 films)
Character(s): Man at table (cameo)
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Brannon Braga (born 14 August 1965; age 51) was a writer, producer and creator on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Biography Edit

TNG writing staff, 1992

Braga with the 1992 TNG writing staff

Braga began working on Star Trek in 1990 as a writer/producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

As a writer/producer on The Next Generation, he was responsible for some popular episodes including the series finale "All Good Things...". For this episode he won the Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction writing, along with Ronald D. Moore. He is a big fan of directors Roman Polanski and David Lynch and their way to create mysterious atmospheres. As a result he was very happy with the way the seventh season episode "Genesis" was brought up. (TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Seven: Production") Braga also co-wrote the movies Star Trek Generations (1994) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996). In all, he has written or co-written 106 Star Trek episodes, more than anyone else in the history of the franchise.

At the same time, Braga co-wrote a first draft of Mission: Impossible II once again in collaboration with Moore.

Braga moved to Star Trek: Voyager as a producer, receiving a promotion to Co-Executive Producer in 1997 and a further promotion to Executive Producer in 1998 when Jeri Taylor retired.

After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine finished its run, Braga immediately hired his Next Generation writing partner Moore, but Moore resigned shortly afterward citing creative differences with Braga and the other Voyager writers and criticizing the lack of emphasis on continuity.

In 2000, Braga began work on Star Trek: Enterprise as the series' co-creator with Rick Berman (leaving Kenneth Biller to take over the production of Voyager), and had become Star Trek's "number two man" behind Berman. Braga and Berman were rumored to be working on the upcoming Star Trek, but Braga has since made it clear that his days with the Trek franchise are over.

During his time on Star Trek: Voyager he entered into a relationship with Jeri Ryan which has since ended.

Braga was born in Bozeman, Montana and has frequently slipped references to his place of birth into episodes and films he has written (see USS Bozeman, Eli Hollander, Gallatin). He studied Theater Arts and Filmmaking at Kent State University and The University of California. He received the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Writing Internship in 1990. An atheist, he has suggested Star Trek as an "atheistic mythology."[1] Braga is a big fan of directors Roman Polanski and David Lynch. (TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "Department Briefings - Year Seven")

His three main writing collaborators, in chronological order, were Ronald D. Moore, Joe Menosky, and Rick Berman, for TNG, VOY, and ENT, respectively.

After his Star Trek assignment ended, Braga worked on various other television projects. In 2005, he was the executive producer of the CBS science fiction series Threshold (co-starring Brent Spiner), which was cancelled after 13 episodes (from which only 9 was aired). Braga also wrote the first two episodes of the series.

From 2009-2010, Braga worked on FOX's hit series 24, as a writer and Executive Producer, working alongside former Enterprise writer/producer Manny Coto on several scripts. He is also credited for the television film 24: Redemption as co-executive producer.

In 2009, Braga co-created the series FlashForward, where he also served as executive producer and wrote the first two episodes. In 2012, he served as executive producer and writer on Terra Nova, a science fiction action series. Both shows were cancelled after one season.

Braga's latest work is credited as Executive Producer and Director for the 2014 docu-series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to the 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. [1]

Writing credits Edit

Producing credits Edit

Acting appearance Edit

Star Trek interviews Edit

  • TNG Season 4 DVD special feature "Chronicles from the Final Frontier", interviewed on 15 November 2002
  • TNG Season 5 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Five" ("Cause and Effect"), interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 5 DVD special feature "Intergalactic Guest Stars" ("Crew Profile: Ensign Robin Lefler", "Profile: Captain Morgan Bateson"), interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 6 DVD special feature "Bold New Directions Year Six", interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "Mission Overview Year Seven", interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Seven: Production" ("New Director, New Challenges", "Creating Parallel Worlds"), interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "The Making of "All Good Things..." Year Seven" ("Writing The Final Episode"), interviewed on 15 November 2001

See also Edit

External links Edit

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References Edit

  1. International Atheist Conference in Reykjavik Iceland June 24 & 25, 2006. Archive of speech at [X]wbm

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